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12 October 2009, 08:37

Mozilla releases SeaMonkey 2.0 RC1

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SeaMonkey The Mozilla developers have announced the availability of the first release candidate of version 2.0 of its SeaMonkey "all-in-one internet application suite". The successor to the old Netscape Communicator and Mozilla Application suites includes a web browser with advanced email and newsgroup support, an IRC chat client and HTML editing support. The SeaMonkey 2.0 RC1 development release is based on the same browser core as Firefox 3.5.3 and includes several new features.

SeaMonkey 2.0 RC1
Zoom SeaMonkey 2.0 RC1 on Mac OS X.
As SeaMonkey is based on the same internal backend as Firefox, it now features support for HTML 5 tags, such as the <video> and <audio> elements, improved Javascript performance and off line data storage for applications. Other notable improvements include a new download manager that supports cross-session resumable downloads and Thunderbird based RSS and Atom feed support in the MailNews component and support for mail archiving.

As with all development releases, use in production environments and on mission critical systems is not advised. The developers ask users testing the release to report any problems that they experience so that any major bugs can be addressed. The latest stable release of SeaMonkey is version 1.1.18.

More details about the release can be found in the SeaMonkey 2.0 preliminary release notes (RCs don't receive separate release notes) and the preliminary change log. SeaMonkey 2.0 RC1 is available to download for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. As SeaMonkey 2.0 is based on the 3.5.x branch of Firefox, the developers note that it no longer supports Windows 95, 98, ME, NT or Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther). The final version of SeaMonkey 2.0 is currently scheduled to be released later this month.

SeaMonkey binaries are released under the Mozilla SeaMonkey End-User Software License Agreement and the source code is released under disjunctive tri-licensing that includes the Mozilla Public Licence, GPLv2 and LGPLv2.1.

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